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10:45 PM ET, September 18, 2006

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Newsweek Columnists:
Make Room on the Couch for Steve  —  Our computers have become great media devices for songs, pictures and now TV and movies.  —  Newsweek  —  Steve Jobs's talk last week was nearing an end and coming dangerously close to a letdown.  The stuff he introduced—a freshening-up of the iPod line …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Video could be headed to Apple's iTV  —  Google is reportedly in talks with Apple to allow users of the forthcoming Apple iTV set top box to view files from Google Video on their televisions.  —  The iTV was announced at Apple's "It's Showtime" event last week.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google and Apple talking video?  —  It's the stuff fanboy dreams are made of: Google and Apple, sittin' in a tree.  In fact, if you nearly passed out when Stevie J. walked onto the stage the other day sans mock turtleneck, or started into hysterics when Larry Page rode into CES on the back of that SUV …
BBC:
Google and Apple 'in video talks'
Discussion: digg
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
"Hotel Minibar" Keys Open Diebold Voting Machines  —  Like other computer scientists who have studied Diebold voting machines, we were surprised at the apparent carelessness of Diebold's security design.  It can be hard to convey this to nonexperts, because the examples are technical.
Intel:
Intel, UC Santa Barbara Develop World's First Hybrid Silicon Laser  —  Chip that Emits and Guides Light Could Drive Silicon Photonics Into Wide Use in Future Computers and Data Centers  —  Researchers from Intel Corporation and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
A Chip That Can Transfer Data Using Laser Light  —  Researchers plan to announce on Monday that they have created a silicon-based chip that can produce laser beams.  The advance will make it possible to use laser light rather than wires to send data between chips, removing the most significant bottleneck in computer design.
Discussion: Engadget, Digital Download and Slashdot
David Carr / New York Times:
Contemplating Time Warner Without Time  —  COVER an industry, any industry, long enough and you will learn that the sky is always falling.  Morale has never been lower, competition is beyond the pale, and the customers have lost their minds.  Nowhere has the drumbeat been more persistent than in publishing.
Discussion: Dan Blank and paidContent.org
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   Out of Time  —  David Carr imagines Time Warner without Time Inc …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Warner to send videos through YouTube  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Warner Music Group Corp. has agreed to distribute and license its copyrighted songs and other material through online video trendsetter YouTube Inc., marking another significant step in the entertainment industry's migration to the Internet.
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Wendy Boswell / Lifehacker:
Technophilia: 15 ways to get more out of Pandora  —  There's just so much you can do with music discovery engine Pandora: create your own personalized radio stations, find new, original music and share your stations with friends, just to list a few.  But listening to Pandora can be a drag on your system …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why I Invested in Dogster  —  Some readers may have noticed that Dogster, the social network for dogs (along with sister site Catster), closed a $1 million round of financing last week.  See TechMeme to catch up on the discussion if you missed it.  —  I was one of the investors in the round …
Michael Geist / Michael Geist's Blog:
30 Days of DRM: 30 Things You Can Do  —  The House of Commons is back in session and, as I promised last month, the 30 Days of DRM project has now concluded.  The postings remain accessible via the 30 Days of DRM page, the wiki, and a new PDF version that incorporates all postings into a single document.
Discussion: Boing Boing and digg
Alan Breznick / blog.cabledigitalnews.com:
Cable Racks Up Over 1 Million VOIP Subs in Q2  —  Shattering their old quarterly record for VOIP subscriber gains, North American cable operators signed up more than 1 million IP phone customers for the first time during the spring, according to the latest figures compiled byCable Digital News.
Muhammad Saleem / The Mu Life:
An In-Depth Look at Netscape vs. Digg-Part 5  —  The Digg community is often criticized as being immature, especially when compared to the Slashdot community.  Before we can compare the Digg community with the Netscape community, let's look at one of the main differences between the two.
Paperghost / The SpywareGuide Greynets Blog:
Pipeline Worm Floods AIM with Botnet Drones  —  Proactive research on security threats is the key to catching hidden threats before they can collect confidential data, deliver adware, or take down a network.  When researchers grab a threat, it's usually been doing the rounds for some time.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Satellite TV's 3-Headed Rival: Cable Plus Internet Plus Phone  —  For two decades, Rupert Murdoch worked to become king of the cosmos, launching a ring of satellites that hover over five continents.  He wanted to make sure he could beam his movies, networks and sports programming directly …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPod nano (second-generation)  —  Return of the iPod mini?  —  iPod nano  —  Manufacturer: Apple (product page)  —  System requirements: Macintosh computer running Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, USB 2.0 port; Windows PC running Windows 2000 SP4 or Windows XP SP2, USB 2.0 port; iTunes 7.0
Discussion: The Digital Music Weblog and digg
 
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PR Newswire:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
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Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Darren Murph / Engadget:
The iPod dock for value-driven consumers
Dan Bell / CD Freaks.com:
Amazon quickly sells out pre-orders for Nintendo Wii
Discussion: Kotaku, DigitalBattle and digg
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Jessica Guynn / San Francisco Chronicle:
Silicon Valley loses its sheen
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Red Steel's Still Janky Controls
Discussion: Aeropause, Go Nintendo and digg
Stan Beer / ITWire:
Universal Studios boss deals Blu-ray death blow
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Sam Kennedy / 1up.com:
PS3 Virtua Tennis 3 in 1080p
Discussion: Kotaku and DigitalBattle
Brian Heater / laptopmag.com:
Attack of the 20-inch Notebook
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Not in the Real World Anymore